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The Miami Marlins made bullpen moves, trading Nick Wittgren and claiming Austin Brice

Miami Marlins pitcher Austin Brice pitches celebrates with catcher J.T. Realmuto after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 in a game on Wed., Sept. 7, 2016 at Marlins Park in Miami.
Miami Marlins pitcher Austin Brice pitches celebrates with catcher J.T. Realmuto after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 in a game on Wed., Sept. 7, 2016 at Marlins Park in Miami. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

The Marlins traded one reliever. They acquired another.

The Marlins on Monday traded reliever Nick Wittgren to the Cleveland Indians for minor-league right-hander Jordan Milbrath, and claimed right-handed reliever Austin Brice from the Baltimore Orioles.

Wittgren, who posted a 2.94 ERA in 32 relief outings last season, had been designated for assignment last week.

Brice, who made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2016 before being traded to the Reds in the Dan Straily deal, recorded a 5.79 ERA in 33 relief appearances with the Reds last season.

The Marlins placed Brice on their 40-man roster. To make room for Brice on their roster, the Marlins designated outfielder Isaac Galloway for assignment.

Milbrath, 27, has spent six seasons in the Indians’ farm system. Last season, while splitting time at Double A and Triple A, he went 3-6 with a 3.96 ERA in 43 combined relief appearances.

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Clark Spencer is one of the nation’s most experienced baseball writers and has covered the Miami Marlins since 1999. He is past-president of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Along with baseball, Spencer has also covered the Summer and Winter Olympics, NBA Finals, NCAA Final Four, College Football Playoffs and Triple Crown.
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